13NRHC priority recommendations

Fast, reliable, affordable digital access is an urgent priority for remote and rural communities, for business and recreational purposes as well as for health services such as telehealth and telecare. Conference calls for: a.) the Australian government to develop a remote digital inclusion... more
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Conference calls on the Senate to establish an inquiry into food security in remote and rural areas. The terms of reference should include: --a review of the supply chain and storage issues; --the potential introduction of a community service obligation on food wholesalers and retailers; --ways... more
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Delegates at the 13th NRHC agree that they will not tolerate continued failure to improve Indigenous health across the nation. Food security and poverty are two particular contributors to the current situation and should be the subject of specific action. Conference delegates offer their support to... more
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Conference calls on federal and state/territory governments to strengthen the Multi-Purpose Service model (and other services that have the same characteristics: pooled funding from Commonwealth and State, and an integrated approach to primary, acute and aged care that complements existing local... more
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In order to ensure workforce continuity and avoid the loss of service capacity, the Federal Government should make timely decisions on the continued funding of services, workforce programs and health related organisations and thereby avoid deleterious effects on capacity. Conference recommends the... more
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Conference proposes that the Australian and state/territory governments enhance the ability of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to:: a.) establish research partnerships with the local universities, Primary Health Networks and Local Health Districts to develop trust, partnerships... more
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In the new integrated program for scholarships flagged by Minister Nash, the selection criteria should include strong weighting for the applicant's’ likelihood of further rural/remote practice. These include, but are not limited to: previous experience living in rural/remote settings; training... more
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In order to optimise the contribution the allied health professions can make to health outcomes and systems productivity and efficiency in rural and remote areas, Conference calls for the development and funding of education and workforce structures that facilitate the implementation of a Rural... more
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Access to Allied Health Services under Medicare should be revised to the previous limit of 12 per calendar year to enable those people with Chronic Disease who require such level of support access to services to manage their chronic and complex care needs.
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In view of the key role they play in health care, the fall in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers (ATSIHWs) is recognised as a significant workforce issue which will impact on the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To address this issue... more
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Conference calls on the Senate to establish an inquiry into food security in remote and rural areas. The terms of reference should include: a.) a review of the supply chain and storage issues b.) the potential introduction of a community service obligation on food wholesalers and retailers c)... more
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Recruitment selection criteria for rural/remote positions (and GP training positions) should include weighting for measures associated with increased likelihood of further rural/remote practice. These include, but are not limited to: previous experience living in rural/remote settings; training... more
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In view of the rising prevalence of children with chronic illness and learning difficulties whose conditions require early identification and management, Conference calls for more funding and services for pre- and post-natal care and early childhood health that provides: --a co-ordinated national... more
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Widespread uptake of a standardised paediatric emergency medication resource has the potential to reduce variation in practice across rural and remote healthcare settings and ensure that seriously ill children are able to access the same level of initial care, regardless of where they are initially... more
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Conference calls on the the range of remote and rural health service providers represented at the conference to work collaboratively to strengthen their capacity as rural health sector advocates as distinct from health service providers.
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Conference recommends that government and non-government agencies give greater attention to the health of women and children in remote and rural areas. This can be enhanced through the prevention of family violence and a focus on its causes including mental health issues and poor help seeking... more
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Conference calls for new policy proposals related to health and wellbeing to be subject to a rural impact assessment, with its findings made public. It would be multi-sectoral, multi- jurisdictional and politically bi-partisan. It would scrutinise policies intended for rural communities to ensure... more
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Australia needs an integrated alcohol and other drugs service sector, suitably funded and providing the means for preventive, early intervention and harm reduction work across alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs (including amphetamines). Due to the absence of specialised alcohol and other drug... more
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Conference notes Minister Fiona Nash’s proposal for a summit on rural and remote health workforce issues and supports the proposal. The Summit must deal with all health professional groups in a fashon that reflects their relative prevalence and scope of activities in the rural and remote health... more
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Where access to more specialised services for people in rural and remote areas is concerned, the goal is continuity of patient care and enhancement of the local services in a rural area. Conference calls on the Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to lead the development of greater access to specialised... more
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